Glen Ridge Schools Support Red Sneakers Foundation with Allergy Awareness Week and Red Sneaker Day

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Glen Ridge Schools are raising awareness of the dangers of food allergies.

Throughout the week of January 23rd, 2017, Glen Ridge Public School administrators, teachers, medical staff, students and parents will join forces to help generate awareness about the dangers of food allergies. The week-long effort will culminate with Red Sneaker Day on Friday, January 27, 2017, when Glen Ridge students, school staff and parents will wear red sneakers (and/or other red apparel) in support of the Red Sneakers Foundation – a newly formed organization that was created by the parents of Oakley Debbs, an 11-year-old boy and friend of a Glen Ridge family, who passed away just after Thanksgiving, as a result of complications from a nut allergy.

Red sneakers were Oakley’s favorite shoes, and the Red Sneakers Foundation was created shortly after his death in effort to help raise awareness of the dangers of food and nut allergies, through educational programs, research and public policy initiatives. The hope of the foundation is that one day red sneakers might serve as a universal reminder of the dangers of nut allergies nationwide, if not worldwide. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Hamilton History and More!

BY  |  Friday, Jan 20, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! Hooray! There’s plenty going on around town and beyond. Here’s a sampling!

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Frosty Friday in Bloomfield! Bring the kids to the Bloomfield High School cafeteria for pictures with Frozen characters, bingo, carnival games, face painting, arts & crafts and refreshments. Tickets are $10.00/child and $4.00/adult and can be purchased at the door.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations continue this weekend at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township). Learn about the process of maple sugaring, identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Demonstrations are one hour in length and begin at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM on Saturday only. Cost is $3 per person age 3 and up. No registration is required but seating is first come, first served.


Also on Saturday, Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) will host a day of puppetry with the German puppet show “Punschi” (Sandglass Theater). Performances will be held at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, with an approximate run time of 60 minutes for each. Enjoy two tales in each session including Kasper and the Surprise performed by Jana Zeller and Fritzi’s Flea Circus performed by Shoshanna Bass. Both stories are fun and playful and will engage audience members of all ages. Tickets are $17 ($14 for members).

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South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, a dance performance based on C.S. Lewis’ classic novel, on Saturday at 2:00 PM. Set in Narnia, and featuring the beloved characters from the book, this performance is for children ages 5 and up an is approximately 55 minutes long. Tickets are $20 for children and $25 for adults.

On Saturday, Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host their monthly Family Art Adventure from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Explore and discuss artwork and participate in a hands-on project in the studio. This activity is for children ages 6-12 and their adult companions. Reservations are not required. Cost is $18 per family for non-members and $6 per family for members.

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Also on Saturday, DiMenna Children’s History Museum at New -York Historical Society (170 Central Park West @ 77th Street, NYC) will host a Hamilton-Themed Family Benefit Party from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Parents and children ages 4-14 are invited to meet Alexander Hamilton and learn about his life with fun, interactive activities throughout the Museum. Tickets are $75 per child and $150 per adult. This event will raise funds to help the New-Work Historical Society and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum continue to provide exceptional experiences and unique programming.

On Sunday (and most Sundays through March 12), enjoy an afternoon of guided snowshoeing on the trails of Pyramid Mountain NHA (473 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp). Use your own showshoes or rent a pair. No experience is necessary. This event is free and for children ages 10 and up with their adult companions. Preregistration is required.

The Elisabeth Morrow School of Englewood will host a free family event on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Weehawkin Port Imperial Terminal NY Waterway (4800 Avenue at Port Imperial, Weehawkin). Children of all ages can receive musical instruction on an instrument of their choice, and try out various instruments at the Musical Petting Zoo. They can also enjoy face painting, a balloon maker, and free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Also on Sunday, stop by Montclair Art Museum for Drop-In Studio between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The new Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio will be stocked with a range of art materials to explore with a seasoned MAM studio instructor. This is free for members and included in Museum admission for non-members.

For more upcoming events, check out the family friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.

High School Students Can Apply For The Princeton Prize in Race Relations

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 4:33pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes and rewards high school students who have had a significant positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities through their volunteer efforts.


The university awards the prize to more than two dozen students, each working within a particular city or region from across the country. Continue Reading

Free Webop Jazz Concert For Little Kids at Montclair Library, 1/21

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Looking for something to do with your little ones this Saturday? Jazz House Kids is holding a free WEBOP class/concert at the Montclair Public Library, 11am to noon for kids up to age 5 with their grownups. It’s live jazz, hands on, fun experience for kids and adults. Interested? RSVP at 973-744-2273


Montclair Justice Coalition To Hold First Youth Forum, 1/27

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Montclair Justice Coalition will hold its first Real Talk Youth Forum on Friday, January 27th at 6pm, at the Wally Choice Community Center in Glenfield Park. It will be a workshop with Edwin Ortiz and Rashida Smith — the ex-offenders who spoke at the Real Talk forum in December — two MPD officers, and local youth. Edwin will work with boys, Rashida will work with girls. The tone will be conversational. To provide a comfortable setting for the kids to talk openly on whatever issues arise, no stigma, the session is not open to adults beyond facilitators and staff. Continue Reading

School of Rock Montclair to Trade Free T-Shirts for Food Donations

BY  |  Monday, Jan 16, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

School of Rock Montclair will be accepting donations of full grocery bags of non-perishable items at their 125 Valley Road location from Friday, 1/20 through Monday, 1/30. In exchange for the donations and a program from one of the School’s free January concerts, the School will present the donor with a SoR Montclair t-shirt.

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Hillside Students Learn To Serve on Martin Luther King Day

BY  |  Monday, Jan 16, 2017 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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It’s a day on at Hillside School with more than 300 students and parents participating in service activities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: MLK Events, Pinkalicious, Oliver, Jr. and More!

BY  |  Friday, Jan 13, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! There’s plenty to do around town and beyond. We’ve rounded up some fun and family-friendly things to do in the area. Check ‘em out!


After a sold out run in December, Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will present three additional performances of Oliver Jr. on Friday evening at 7:30 PM, Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM, and Sunday evening at 7:30 PM. Recommended for children ages 5 and up, this classic musical is based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. Running time is approximately 70 minutes. Tickets are $20 per person plus $1.69 service fee.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations begin this weekend at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township). Learn about the process of maple sugaring, identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Demonstrations are one hour in length and begin at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $3 per person age 3 and up. No registration is required but seating is first come, first served.


On Saturday, NJPAC will present a free program to celebrate the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Enjoy an afternoon of dance, music, visual arts, and spoken word activities. All ages are welcome. Programs begin at 11:00 AM. Continue Reading

Montclair BOE: Renaissance, Budget, School Lunches and Renaming A School Discussed

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 7:23am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Board of Education spent its January 11 workshop meeting looking back and looking forward.  Interim Superintendent Ronald Bolandi gave a presentation of the district’s accomplishments in pursuing various initiatives and goals in recent years.

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the Montclair Board of Education

Among the accomplishments he cited were developing a tutorial program in each school with after-school services and available busing for said services,  initiatives to work with local clergy to bring tutoring to the neediest students, the development of an elementary-level literacy and math program with input from parents and staff,  extensive training in the district’s “Undoing Racism” initiative, and developing a training program with the teachers’ union that employed full-day training as opposed to half-day sessions, which Superintendent Bolandi called counterproductive.  He was particularly proud of the program to work with Montclair State University to assist the district with tutorial and staff development programs.  The superintendent noted the involvement of Montclair State educational students in the program, and he credited Dr. Debbie Evans, the interim director of elementary education, for her efforts. Continue Reading

Enter to Win Minecraft Giveaway!

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)


Giveaway: Minecraft 90-minute Fun

WHAT: Win a 90-minute Minecraft play for 1 child + 1 lucky friend at L3 Academy

WHEN: 3-4:30 PM on Saturday, January 21

Entries accepted below until 8PM on January 17, 2017.

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Montclair is relatively heterogenous and, it could fairly be said, takes pride in its diversity. Has Montclair named a street or school after Dr. King? Why is that?

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